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Georgia College hosts Herty Hall addition grand opening

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October 15, 2012

Georgia College will host a grand opening Monday, Oct. 22, to celebrate the newly constructed wing of science buildingHerty Hall's newly constructed wing adds new science classrooms, laboratories, offices, a rooftop greenhouse and an observatory.Herty Hall's newly constructed wing adds new science classrooms, laboratories, offices, a rooftop greenhouse and an observatory. Herty Hall.

“It’s finally done,” said Dr. Ken McGill, chair of the chemistry, physics and astronomy department. “We welcome the campus and local community to tour the new addition, which provides more learning spaces and new resources.”

The grand opening begins at 4 p.m. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony with Georgia College President Steve Dorman outside the Museum of Natural History on Montgomery Street.

At 7:30 p.m. Herty Hall will open for tours, including the museum, planetarium and recently completed observatory.

The event is free and open to the public.

During May of this year, a new 24-inch research telescope erected in Herty’s 15-foot-high, corrugated aluminum dome. The snare drum-shaped observatory telescope completed the science building’s 3.4 million, 20,000-square-foot expansion.

The Herty Hall expansion project broke ground November 2009. Students, faculty and staff moved into their additional instructional space during summer 2011.

The project added new science classrooms, laboratories and offices for biology, chemistry, physics, astronomy and environmental science departments.

The expansion also included a 21-foot-by-55-foot rooftop greenhouse located on the west side of Herty Hall.

The telescope neighbors the rooftop greenhouse on the fourth floor of the science building.

“The expansion was a long process, but we needed the additional space,” McGill said, “especially with an increased interest from students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)-related fields. We’re definitely using the space too.”

ABOUT GEORGIA COLLEGE: Georgia College, the state’s designated Public Liberal Arts University, combines the educational experience expected at esteemed private liberal arts colleges with the affordability of public higher education. Its four colleges – arts and sciences, business, education and health sciences – provide 6,600 undergraduate and graduate students with an exceptional learning environment that extends beyond the classroom, with hands-on involvement with faculty research, community service, study abroad and myriad internships.

Founded in 1889, Georgia College boasts one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation with Corinthian columns fronting red brick buildings and wide open green spaces. Georgia College also offers graduate education at the historic Jefferson building in downtown Macon, at Robins Air Force Base and online.

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